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Brief History

Founded in 1925, Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc. has been active in the areas of education, international understanding, community needs, the arts, and the status of women.


The branch continues to be involved in education both nationally and on the state and local levels. We support the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund, and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund through annual donations. In addition, the branch supports two yearly scholarships to graduates of Dutchess Community College who are continuing education at a four year college. Poughkeepsie AAUW has a long connection with DCC.  Dr. Andrew C. Rieser outlined this history in a May 12, 2009 address to the Poughkeepsie Branch members. His speech can be found here.

On June 11, 2015 Dr. Pamela Edington, President of DCC was the keynote speaker for the Poughkeepsie AAUW Annual Meeting.  Click here for a copy of her presentation.


Poughkeepsie AAUW, Inc. has been  recognized at the AAUW NYS Convention as a "Platinum Award Winner" from 2010- 2012, 2015.  An ongoing tradition of the branch is the Woman of the Year Award presented annually to a Dutchess County woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community. In October 2008, a multicultural conference Beyond the Rhetoric, attracted an overflow audience of 220 attendees. Each November since 2006, the branch has organized a Live Your Dream Girls' Conference for sixth and seventh grade girls. Ongoing community service projects are Leading to Reading and Court Watch.


Recent History

Taken from the pages of our newsletter The Branch

May 2006 - April 2007

May 2007 - March 2008

June 2008 - March 2009

April 2009 - April 2010

May 2010 - April 2011

May 2011 - April 2012

May 2012 - April 2013

May 2013 - April 2014

May 2014 - June 2015

July 2015 - June 2016

July 2016- June 2017

July 2017- June 2018




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Website comments are welcome and may be directed to Mary King. This page last updated on Apr 16, 2018